Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign has agreed to participate in Green Party candidate Jill Stein’s recount effort in Wisconsin “on principle.”
According to Bloomberg Politics, the Clinton campaign was originally unwilling to take part in the effort to recount votes in three crucial states — Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania — but has decided to participate in the interest of fairness.
Marc E. Elias, general counsel to Hillary for America, wrote a lengthy blog post on Medium explaining in detail why the campaign changed course and is now supporting the effort:
Because we had not uncovered any actionable evidence of hacking or outside attempts to alter the voting technology, we had not planned to exercise this option ourselves, but now that a recount has been initiated in Wisconsin, we intend to participate in order to ensure the process proceeds in a manner that is fair to all sides. If Jill Stein follows through as she has promised and pursues recounts in Pennsylvania and Michigan, we will take the same approach in those states as well. We do so fully aware that the number of votes separating Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton in the closest of these states — Michigan — well exceeds the largest margin ever overcome in a recount. But regardless of the potential to change the outcome in any of the states, we feel it is important, on principle, to ensure our campaign is legally represented in any court proceedings and represented on the ground in order to monitor the recount process itself.
Despite acknowledging that the recount will not overturn the presidential results, Elias says that they were inundated by enough data and prompting from supporters to get involved that they felt obligated to take part.
Across the aisle, Kellyanne Conway, senior adviser to President-elect Donald Trump, dismissed the effort as the action of “a pack of sore losers.” From Bloomberg:
“After asking Mr. Trump and his team a million times on the trail, ‘Will HE accept the election results?’ it turns out Team Hillary and their new BFF Jill Stein can’t accept reality.”
“Rather than adhere to the tradition of graciously conceding and wishing the winner well, they’ve opted to waste millions of dollars and dismiss the democratic process. The people have spoken. Time to listen up. #YesYourPresident,” Conway said.
However, the White House doesn’t see any problems with the election. In fact, according to one senior administration official who spoke to Politico, the Obama administration stands behind the election results, which they say “accurately reflect the will of the American people.”